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Forget 'Benefits Street' - When Will We Shame the Scroungers Lapping Up Corporate Welfare?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Why do we obsess over handouts for the poor, rather than handouts for the rich? Why isn't the scandal of corporate welfare the subject of fly-on-the-wall documentaries, too? When will my former colleagues at Channel 4 air a series called Bankers' Street?

Why It's Misguided to Treat the Eurozone Crisis as a Morality Tale About 'Lazy' Southerners

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

A break-up of the eurozone may be where we are headed if spending cuts take precedence over debt defaults and if the financial crisis continues to be cynically portrayed as a morality play. What the continent needs is a debt jubilee and a halt to austerity. Oh, and some solidarity. Otherwise, a second Great Depression beckons.

Russell Brand: 'I'm Not In Favour Of Death Camps'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics

Russell Brand has defended his call for a revolution against the political system, insisting that he is, unsurprisingly, not in favour of death camps....

Russell Brand May Be Wrong - But Here's Why He's Right

Grant Feller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

Arguing is good. It is essential. You might be wrong but you might eventually find that you're right. You might be misguided but you might take the debate to a more interesting place.

Russell Brand and Robert Webb: Two Comedians of Liberty

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

The appeal of Russell Brand's revolutionary ramblings lies in the paradox at the heart of this idea. Like every other ideology that came before it, negative liberty appears to transcend every other ideology.

Russell Brand Ought to Be Concealing His Pseudo-Intellect, Not Flaunting It

James Snell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Snell

It is genuinely hard work to decide - below the affected accent, and the lexicographical obfuscation (see what I did there?) - whether Brand is actually saying something worthwhile. In his interview with Jeremy Paxman, Brand managed to say very little.

We Could Fix Our Economy by Giving Every Man, Woman and Child £6,000 in Cash

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

We have had a massive £375billion of quantative easing so far, which may have saved the financial sector but has done very little for the rest of us. That amounts to around £6,000 per man, woman and child in the UK. So why not electronically add this to the current accounts of every member of the public? Why not give the QE money directly to ordinary people to spend, save or pay off their debts?

Brand: The Left Are Too 'Morally Superior' To Interest People

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK

Frustration and anger at politicians and the Westminster village serves to turn ordinary people off politics altogether, rather than usher in the "rev...

Five Is the Magic Number for Rock Stars

David Atkinson | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Atkinson

Both GTA and the Arctic Monkeys have cleverly grown with their fans, knowing that standing still is the biggest mistake you can make. Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman quite rightly reminded us on the Today Programme that the average age of a gamer is now 30.

Why Do the Miliband Haters Carp and Groan? He's the Favourite - The Rest is Noise

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Labour's lead over the Tories just isn't big enough, says the party's doom-and-gloom brigade, and has often fallen below the six-point mark. So? As YouGov's Anthony Wells confirms, on a uniform swing and assuming the Liberal Democrats get 15 per cent of the vote, the Conservatives need a lead of seven points to secure a Commons majority, whereas Labour needs just two.

Whether We Like It or Not, The Settlers Have Won - The Two-State Solution Is Now Impossible

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It is now a matter of when, not if, the West Bank boils over into violent protests. All eyes are on events in Damascus, Cairo and Istanbul while Israel continues to oversee the long­est military occupation in the world, 46 years and counting.

'You Can Never Out Swivel-Eye The Swivel-Eyed'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics

Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, has given an impassioned interview in which he attacks... well everyone really. He cuts David Cameron no sla...

Extremists Point to Western Foreign Policy to Explain Their Acts. Why Do We Ignore Them?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

In the vexed discussion about extremism and radicalisation, foreign policy is the issue that dare not speak its name. Our leaders zealously police the parameters of the debate, pre-emptively warning off those who might dare connect the dots between wars abroad and terror at home.

Archbishop, Take a Page From the Book of Bono

Richard Taylor | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Taylor

I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in listening to the head of the Church of England pontificate about banking - I find it totally bizarre! It's like listening to George Osborne's view on wild trout fishing or Abu Qatada's view on last week's episode of Made in Chelsea (For the record, he thought it was 'totes amazing' but also kind of wishes a plague on both their houses).

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Rejects Austerity

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 19 April 2013... 1) ED REJECTS AUSTERITY In recent days, Tony Blair and his allies have been sounding ...

Anti-Semitism? Not at Our Dinner Table

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

While I support Mehdi for ‎taking a stand against anti-Semitism and urging Muslims to be as diligent in denouncing it as ‎they are Islamophobia, I reject the presumed community complicity implied by his reference to ‎‎"our dirty little secret". ‎

Most Liberals 'Still Confused' Over Press Regulation

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Comedy

A new survey has found that 90% of liberal people still don't know what their position is on the post-Leveson plan for a royal charter regulating the ...

Moore, Burchill and Those Opposed (aka Taking Offense)

Elizabeth Mizon | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Mizon

For anyone not yet acquainted with MooreBurchillTransGate (it's catchy!), a summary of the offense taken reads as follows: Throughout life, culminati...

The Best Way To React To The Kate Middleton Topless Photos

New Statesman | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK Comedy

A French magazine claims to have topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known to the world as Kate Middleton) although only the BBC appe...

Yes, He's Been a Disaster - Yet I Feel Sorry for George Osborne

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Dare I say a word in defence of Gideon George Osborne, the Bullingdon Club boy-turned-Chancellor of the Exchequer? I can't help but feel sorry for him. The Chancellor has been having a hard time of late.

You Can Smell the Fear in Barroso's Nostrils

Nigel Farage | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Politics
Nigel Farage

Britain is happy to live with the hard work which freedom will entail. We are prepared for the future, but to do so we must be captain on our own bridge.

Brian Paddick: Ken's 'True Feelings Towards Gay People Have Seeped Out'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 09.02.2012 | UK Politics

London mayoral candidate Brian Paddick has said Ken Livingstone's claim that the Tory party was "riddled" with homosexuals is "clearly homophobic." ...

He Hasn't Shone: The Verdict On Ed Miliband... By His Own Adviser

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband's leadership lacks strategy, narrative and energy, and the Labour leader has "not broken through", according to his own adviser. Labour...

Jemima Khan Joins New Statesman As Associate Editor

The Huffington Post UK | Stephen Hull | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK

Jemima Khan will be joining the New Statesman as Associate Editor next month, it has been announced. She will be commissioning and writing for the ...

Blue Labour 'In Serious Trouble'

www.newstatesman.com | Posted 20.09.2011 | UK Politics

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